With its old high street feeling, laidback cafes and healthy dose of quirk, Semaphore is Adelaide’s hidden beach gem. Like Glenelg, there’s a wide stretch of sand and family-friendly waters. But where Glenelg is slick, Semaphore is low key, with a jetty for fishing, a small water slide and skate ramp, and undercover barbecues that are popular on sunny days. Brunch does a solid trade here – try Whipped Bake Bar Cafe for a good range of gluten-free sweet treats, the Corner Store for French toast or The Rolling Pin for a pistachio and apple mousse tart. The Odeon Star cinemas, a traditional carousel and frequent music gigs add to Semaphore’s charm.
This long sandy stretch of beach is located a 30-minute drive or a one-hour bus or train ride from the city. Head here for public transport details.